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Camping in Skaftafell

Camping in Skaftafell


The campground is open from 1 May to 30 September.
In winter it is permissable to pitch tents and stay in vehicles on the car park next to the visitor centre. Fees apply.

The campground office is located next to the entrance gate. Visitors should register there prior to camping. Vehicle entry is allowed from 7:30 to 23:00.

Please note that Vatnajökull National Park does not offer any equipment rental.

Skaftafell Visitor Centre opening hours
Tel: +354 4708300


Skemakort af tjaldsvæði í Skaftafelli

To view the campground map, please click on the picture to the right.

The campground in Skaftafell has room for about 400 tents. There are not designated pitches so no reservations can be made (but don‘t worry, we never run out of space).

A section is reserved for campers and camping trailers, with access to electricity. Reservations can be made for groups only.

Skaftafell-campsiteShowers are located in a building next to the visitor centre and a building in the middle of the campsite. The showers are operated by Service Cards that can be purchased in an automat in the visitor centre. The automat is accessible 24 hrs but a credit/debit card with a PIN-number is needed.

A washing machine and a dryer are located in a building next to the visitor centre.

No indoor dining or cooking facilities are available for campground visitors. Dish washing can be done in kitchen sinks next to the service buildings.

A 3G mobile network covers the campground. Wireless internet is available in the visitor centre.

Please make a note of the following campground rules:

  • Always show respect and be considerate to other visitors. Enjoy the sounds of nature and avoid spoiling it with loud music or noise. Keep alcohol consumption at minimum.

  • Peace and quiet shall prevail on the campground from 23:30 to 07:00.

  • Collecting firewood within the national park is not permissible. Care must be taken when using charcoal barbeques, gas cookers and other cooking equipment, in order to prevent fire hazard and vegetation damage. Never pour dirty or boiling water on the ground.

  • Pets are welcome if they are kept securely under control. Care must be taken not to allow them to disrupt either the biota or the peace of other visitors. Dogs must be kept on a lead.

  • Keep your campsite and its surroundings neat and tidy. Put waste in refuse bins. Facilities for sorting waste are next to the visitor centre. Drinking bottles and cans with deposit can be put in separate collecting coops, for the benefit of the local search and rescue team.